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Tropical wood stores substantial amounts of nutrients, but we have limited understanding why

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Rock-derived nutrients such as calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) are essential plant resources, yet depleted in highly weathered tropical soils, leading to nutrient limitation of productivity or other ecosystem processes. Despite this, substantial amounts of rock-derived nutrients occur within wood, which raises questions about the role that wood nutrients play in the ecology of tropical forests. Using data from forests across the tropics, we quantify wood nutrient stocks at individual tree and ecosystem levels. At the ecosystem level, we show that tropical wood can store substantial amounts of rock-derived nutrients. Furthermore, on a tree level, tree species vary widely in woody nutrient concentrations. These observations raise important questions as to the biogeochemical or ecological drivers that lead to this variability, as well as the role that woody tissue plays in the buffering and cycling of nutrients. We offer some potential explanations and direction for future research to explore this under-appreciated but sizable store of inorganic nutrients in tropical biomass.
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biogeochemistry, calcium, magnesium, nutrient budget, nutrients, phosphorus, potassium, wood, PHOSPHORUS LIMITATION, NITROGEN, LITTERFALL, PATTERNS, FORESTS, CARBON, TREES

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Bauters, Marijn, et al. “Tropical Wood Stores Substantial Amounts of Nutrients, but We Have Limited Understanding Why.” BIOTROPICA, 2022, doi:10.1111/btp.13069.
APA
Bauters, M., Grau, O., Doetterl, S., Heineman, K. D., Dalling, J. W., Prada, C. M., … Janssens, I. A. (2022). Tropical wood stores substantial amounts of nutrients, but we have limited understanding why. BIOTROPICA. https://doi.org/10.1111/btp.13069
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Bauters, Marijn, Oriol Grau, Sebastian Doetterl, Katherine D. Heineman, James W. Dalling, Cecilia M. Prada, Marco Griepentrog, et al. 2022. “Tropical Wood Stores Substantial Amounts of Nutrients, but We Have Limited Understanding Why.” BIOTROPICA. https://doi.org/10.1111/btp.13069.
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Bauters, Marijn, Oriol Grau, Sebastian Doetterl, Katherine D. Heineman, James W. Dalling, Cecilia M. Prada, Marco Griepentrog, Yadvinder Malhi, Terhi Riutta, Marina Scalon, Takeshi Inagawa, Noreen Majalap, Hans Beeckman, Jan Van den Bulcke, Michael Perring, Aurélie Dourdain, Bruno Hérault, Pieter Vermeir, Isaac Ahanamungu Makelele, Pere R. Fernández, Jordi Sardans, Josep Peñuelas, and Ivan A. Janssens. 2022. “Tropical Wood Stores Substantial Amounts of Nutrients, but We Have Limited Understanding Why.” BIOTROPICA. doi:10.1111/btp.13069.
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Bauters M, Grau O, Doetterl S, Heineman KD, Dalling JW, Prada CM, et al. Tropical wood stores substantial amounts of nutrients, but we have limited understanding why. BIOTROPICA. 2022;
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M. Bauters et al., “Tropical wood stores substantial amounts of nutrients, but we have limited understanding why,” BIOTROPICA, 2022.
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  abstract     = {{Rock-derived nutrients such as calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) are essential plant resources, yet depleted in highly weathered tropical soils, leading to nutrient limitation of productivity or other ecosystem processes. Despite this, substantial amounts of rock-derived nutrients occur within wood, which raises questions about the role that wood nutrients play in the ecology of tropical forests. Using data from forests across the tropics, we quantify wood nutrient stocks at individual tree and ecosystem levels. At the ecosystem level, we show that tropical wood can store substantial amounts of rock-derived nutrients. Furthermore, on a tree level, tree species vary widely in woody nutrient concentrations. These observations raise important questions as to the biogeochemical or ecological drivers that lead to this variability, as well as the role that woody tissue plays in the buffering and cycling of nutrients. We offer some potential explanations and direction for future research to explore this under-appreciated but sizable store of inorganic nutrients in tropical biomass.}},
  author       = {{Bauters, Marijn and Grau, Oriol and Doetterl, Sebastian and Heineman, Katherine D. and Dalling, James W. and Prada, Cecilia M. and Griepentrog, Marco and Malhi, Yadvinder and Riutta, Terhi and Scalon, Marina and Inagawa, Takeshi and Majalap, Noreen and Beeckman, Hans and Van den Bulcke, Jan and Perring, Michael and Dourdain, Aurélie and Hérault, Bruno and Vermeir, Pieter and Ahanamungu Makelele, Isaac and Fernández, Pere R. and Sardans, Jordi and Peñuelas, Josep and Janssens, Ivan A.}},
  issn         = {{0006-3606}},
  journal      = {{BIOTROPICA}},
  keywords     = {{biogeochemistry,calcium,magnesium,nutrient budget,nutrients,phosphorus,potassium,wood,PHOSPHORUS LIMITATION,NITROGEN,LITTERFALL,PATTERNS,FORESTS,CARBON,TREES}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  title        = {{Tropical wood stores substantial amounts of nutrients, but we have limited understanding why}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/btp.13069}},
  year         = {{2022}},
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